Jump to content
BC Boards

pearls pop

Registered Users
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by pearls pop

  1. yes, i just made post in people's bc gallery.
  2. thank you everyone. Colt is wonderful, he is every good thing his foster mom said about him and more. He is going to be joy to work with and live with. i took him to the dog park, he loved everyone and everyone loved him.
  3. Good news !! today i met and adopted Colt from the Azbcr. http://www.azbordercollierescue.com/rescue_details.asp?rescueid=1922
  4. I got my application in azbcr and emailed about a few others in az.and have a lead on a possible dog in my town. in my younger days i probably would have jumped in my car and driven anywhere to adopt a dog, but age has given me the sense to see that i should adopt closer to home. i went back to my local dog park yesterday and met a gorgeous 3yr BC girl, reminded so much of pearl. i hope to be posting about my adoptee sooner then later.
  5. Thank you everyone for reading and answering. i will be filling out applications asap, starting with AzBCR. . i agree/believe that meeting a dog is better then choosing from a picture and description. my first intro to Pearl was a short video, i was not impressed. the next day I went to meet her, when i sat on the ground and she put her paw on my knee and looked in my eyes I knew she was going home with me. i dont know if i can make the azbcr adoption event this weekend but have marked my calendar for the next one. btw it was Brody that caught my eye and prompted me to post this question.
  6. It's been almost 2 months now that my girl Pearl has been gone and i am starting to miss the wonderful companionship of a Border Collie. I find myself staying up late surfing the web for a dog to adopt. I am friends with a number of folks who volunteer at the local rescue, they have been hinting strongly that i should adopt a dog from our shelter.These are really dedicated rescue people who have rehabbed and found homes for some dogs(lots of pit mixes) that must have been very difficult to find good homes for. I would love to support their efforts, but I have my heart and mind set on a Border Collie. I would also like to support the AZ. Border Collie Rescue, but haven't seen any dog that seems right for me yet. Online, I have seen a few dogs that may want to adopt me. Most of these are in far-away states, there seems to be alot of border collies east of the mississippi. I am curious if it is possible to adopt a dog from a far-away state rescue? would they even consider someone not from their area? I'm feeling a little guilty about looking for a dog from somewhere not local, I know that if i wait long enough a close by dog will be available , but I dont want to wait more then a few months at most. Is this guilt justified? I figure a dog rescued is a dog rescued. Any tips on the adoption process?
  7. pearls pop


    Run free Pearl.! Thank You for being in my life. Love you, miss you. " do you want to race to the creek"?
  8. I love that "parakeet" look. Pearl does it when i ask her if she wants to eat or go for a ride. I've tried to photograph it but Pearl is camera shy and changes her body language the moment she sees a camera.
  9. I used bag balm on a old gal i had, she licked it off, so i sprinkled some golden seal or slippery elm over the bag balm and that kept her from licking it off. I also used aloe vera with good results.
  10. We have had a few nights in the low 20's, the water bucket outside has had about 3/4 inch of ice on top. Usually when i let Pearl out in the morning(usually before sunup) I go out and break the ice in the bucket. This morning I didnt feel like going out until i got my coffee. While waiting for the water to boil I glanced out the window and Pearl was trying to drink from the frozen bucket. After a few licks she took her paw and batted at the ice until it broke, then had her drink. We dont get many nights this cold, so Pearl has not had alot of experience with ice, I am wondering if she knew to break the ice to get a drink or maybe she watched me break the ice for her or maybe she was just frustrated and batted at the ice the same way she would poke me to get my attention? Does anybody have a dog that does this? after 11 years i still am amazed at some of the things Pearl learns and does.
  11. Pearl ate soap as a youngster, my vet said dogs go for soap because of the fat that is used to make soap. Pearl also ate a few candles, dont know what she found good in them.
  12. three days ago I discovered a fatty tumor on the back of Pearls front left "elbow" about the size of a small walnut. She has had a fatty tumor under her left front armpit for about the last five years, this tumor was slightly smaller than the new one on her elbow and seems to have gotten smaller lately. I have had a number of dogs that had fatty tumors in old age and never did any vet suggest removal. Pearls current vet said the one in her armpit was not worrisome wwhen it was discovered because it was in a place where it would not get snagged ,cut and infected easily. I am sure my vet will reccomend removal of this new tumor because of its location and it sticks out quite a bit. I would like to avoid surgery if possible , first because Pearls personality is off for some time after every surgery she has had. Pearl has had cancerous tumors removed twice from the knee of her left rear. the second reason i would like to avoid surgery is funds are real low and for the first time in my life of never having much money I am beginning to question if I can afford a dog. no I would never give pearl away but may have to forgo something as potentially expensive as surgery if not absolutely necessary. Pearl goes in for booster shots in four or five weeks> I am hesitant to make a seperate appt just to have the fatty tumor looked treated. I guess the advice I am seeking is, should I be concerned that this may not be a benign (sp?) tumor considering the other tumors pearl has had? can I possibly drain this myself?, as suggested to me by a friend who grew up on a dairy farm and said it was common for his dad to do minor surgery/wound repair o n their animals. any other wisdom on fatty tumors?
  13. I have had many great dogs, samoyeds , a wolf dog and some real great mutts. Pearl is my first Border Collie, I didnt know a thing about them before I got Pearl. The first week I had her I almost returned her to the shelter I got her from. After that we bonded and I fell head over heels for her and the breed after reading up on them. I wish I had known about BC's years ago, I don't think i can live without a Border Collie in my life.
  14. The Bark Park has become a major factor in Pearls life. There is a new one in my town. Up until last april i had never been to a dog park with Pearl, instead i took her hiking almost daily on national forest land where she could run without leash, bounding over rocks and carrening after rabbits, javalina etc. Pearl is 10 and arthritis is slowing her down now, so I have cut the hiking down to an occasional event. So to keep her body/ brain stimulated we have started almost daily dog park visits, Pearl who is basically anti-social to most other dogs, has developed "friendships' with a surprising mix of other dogs. She has a BC friend and two Blue Healer friends, but has also played and hung out with boxers, labs , goldens and goes just bonkers with excitement when a certain red husky shows up. Pearl who lived with 6 different litters of golden retreivers in her life never had any interest in fetching, now fetches. She is also known as the "monitor" at the park because she will break up any intense rough housing between other dogs. Most of the people at our park are real alert to what their dog is doing and make effort to see that everyone gets along and has fun. If someone's dog is overly aggresive that person is told to tone it down , if not most people will avoid them and they get the message. If afternoon has rolled around and we havent gone to the park Pearl will stand by the door and wimper then come nudge me until i go get my keys, then she is out of the house and waiting by the truck before i get to the front door. so thats my vote for Dog Parks.
  15. An oldtimer once told me that dogs eat bar soap because it is made with fats/lards and emulified oils. Pearl stole a few bars when she was young, I caught her in the act a few times and she sure looked happy about what she had just pilfered from the bathroom, sort of the same intense look they get when the find something highly desired, like road kill or a rotting carcass.
  16. The popcorn smell of BC's feet was one of the first things my vet told me about BC's when I took Pearl in for her first vet appt. when I got her 9 years ago. Her feet still smell like popcorn.
  17. it only snows a few times each winter here and it melts usually within a day, Pearl has no qualms about walking or laying in the snow. neverless a few years back my mom got her felt booties for x-mas, i think you can tell from this photo how Pearl "felt" about them. A few minutes after this photo was taken she went out in the snow and shook her feet until they came off, next time i brought them out to put on her she went under the bed and would not come out. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/pea...op/ffe147c9.jpg
  18. A friend of mine had a aussie/bc X (Tyrone)that would dive into the river and retrieve the exact rock that had been thrown for him everytime. This was a murky watered river with a fairly strong current in the spring, Tyrone would stay down so long that I'd start to wonder if he was going to come back up. She said he learned that on his own when she would skip stones across the water, he would bring the rock back to her. I wish I could get Pearl to swim, she is one of those only up to the belly swimmers, even when the weather is hot.
  19. I am so glad you posted that photo. A friend of mine told me about seeing monkeys riding black and white dogs at county and state fairs in the midwest as a kid. i had searched the web and only found a small fuzzy pic. I am so glad to see it with my own eyes.
  20. Is this just a BC thing or do males of other breeds do the same? Is it an involuntary reaction or something that some males like to do and others don't? or a personality thing? I just realized that of the 9 dogs i have been "owned" by only 2 have been males. I haven't ever picked a dog by sex as most of them have "chosen me", or just been the one that is available.
  21. Would someone explain "chattering" ?
  22. Pearl did the same thing until she was about two, i got her at 1 yo. She just did it less and less with age. It never bothered me because before Pearl I had a wolf hybrid who would rub his nose on the floor around his food dish until he worn the skin off his nose and drew blood. As he got older he would just pick up his dish by the edge, take it outside and drop it against a tree or rock or house and bury it by pushing dirt over it with his nose after scooting a bunch of dirt in the direction of the dish with his rear legs. Pearl at 9 1/2 still will take her treats outside and bury them and dig it up when it has "cured" enough in the dirt.
  23. I just got back from the vet and having Pearls bandage changed. We had a appt. to have that done today but Pearl decided last night to remove most of the bandage and a few stitches, but my Vet said that it's starting to heal. My Vet said she only got back partial results on the biopsy and that the one tumor she was worried about didn't have clean margins. She said if the tentacles reached down into Pearls leg muscle and if the tumors reappear in the future and then become malignant then i may have to think about removing the leg. She stressed that she wasn't saying that would happen, as she had taken the tumor out down to the muscle. But that it was a possibility being that these 3 tumors were in the same place as the first tumor. I asked my vet about Pearl banging her leg on the screen and she seemed to agree that wasn't the cause of the tumors. And as to diet she didn't think that was the cause either, but she did convince me to put Pearl on a senior diet. Fear not i will still love Pearl no matter what.
  24. Pearl came home yesterday afternoon, bandaged from the tip of her toes to her hip with a splint under the bandages. My vet said she had to remove a large amount of mass right down to the muscle, and the splint is to keep her leg immobilized until the skin grows back together. My vet sent the mass to the lab as she is worried about one of the 3 tumors. She said that the tumors are in the same area as the first tumor we had removed 4 years ago, and that worries her. So now i wait for the lab results. I have to try to keep Pearl calm for at least 10 days. pearl is being good about the bandage and splint, so far, but hasn't really mastered walking on three legs with her left rear leg held out straight because of the splint. I have been trying to figure why these tumors appeared. I have a theory which I only thought of when i got Pearl home yesterday. I have an aluminum screen door which i used to leave ajar(until yesterday) so Pearl ccould open it with her nose, then she pops her head in and pushes the screen open and then her torso comes thru the screen door. As her rear end enters thru the screen door I have observed that the corner of the screen door will bump her on the left rear knee area. I wonder if the repeated bumping could cause tumors? I also wonder if diet could have been the cause. She has eaten kibble most of her life, i do add some vegetables to her dinner if the veggie i am having is something she will eat.
  25. I just got back from dropping off Pearl at the vets for removal of 3 lumps under the skin that are on her left rear knee. 4 years ago she had a small pea sized bump that in 5 days grew to the size of half a walnut on her left rear hip., I had that removed mainly because my vet was worried that Pearl would snag the protruding bump on something and then we would have a wound/infection problem. i also wanted to know if it was a bad tumor and the test said they were benign. The three new bumps were discovered by my vet when i took pearl in for booster shot last wednesday and I made an appt. for monday (today) to have the surgery, these bumps grew maybe 20% in size over the weekend. My vet says she thinks 2 of the lumps are just fatty tumors (these grew the most over the weekend), the three bumps are close together and sort of lined up, with the two fatty tumors on either side of the other lump, which my vet says worries her because it is hard and not shaped like the other two. Pearl is nine years old and i am aware that older female dogs often get many types of tumors. i I am not sure what i am asking but would like any feedback or knowledge that anyone wishes to share. I am wondering if this will be a recurring thing as pearl gets older, is there a cause for this or ? Thanks.
  • Create New...